Igboeli Arinze, FCT- It seems that the last has not been heard about the defection of Governor Umahi to the All Progressives Congress, APC as a former Secretary to the Federal Government and former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim and Governor Umahi have been on each other’s throats.
Umahi had fired the first salvo when he accused Anyim of ditching their “plan” to defect to the APC two weeks after Umahi’s defection only to pull out because he Umahi had visited President Muhammadu Buhari .
This was not received lightly by Anyim who described the statement as “utterly senseless” allegations against him, pointing out that there had been no agreement to join the APC with Umahi.
The former Senate President’s toned response was contained in an open letter to the governor on Monday, Anyim said Umahi was raising dust to “divert the attention of the public before he strikes.”
“In his delusion, he believed his own lies that he is the only man who matters in Ebonyi State. He did not consult with anybody notable before consummating his defection to APC. After his defection, no person of note followed him,” Anyim said.
“Unable to contain and manage the unsavory reactions from the public he ran to my home in the company of some high-profile people, on the 20th of November 2020, and pleaded with me to defect to APC, saying that if I do, others will follow suit. I pointed out to him that his approach has made it almost impossible for anybody to defect.
He pleaded with me that if I cannot defect now, I should not attend any PDP meetings, and I said no, I must attend PDP meetings as long as I am in PDP.
“He realized that he could not persuade anybody when he saw the crème of Ebonyi Elders and citizen that gathered for the inauguration of PDP Caretaker Committee. He could no longer sleep and declared war on every one who has refused to defect with him.”
He said the offence he and other PDP big wigs in the state committed is their refusal to follow the governor to the APC, adding: “We do not know when belonging to parties of one’s choice has become an offence against a Governor or means fighting a Governor.”